Triveni Journal

1927 | 11,233,916 words

Triveni is a journal dedicated to ancient Indian culture, history, philosophy, art, spirituality, music and all sorts of literature. Triveni was founded at Madras in 1927 and since that time various authors have donated their creativity in the form of articles, covering many aspects of public life....

Panna, The Nurse

Banwari Lal Mishra ‘Suman’

BANWARI LAL MISHRA ‘SUMAN’
(Translated from the Rajasthani by I. K. SHARMA)

Unblinkingly she tended the lucky prince*
gave him love more than a mother could do,
‘Banbir is the evil incarnate’ she knew
and also knew his evil designs. His vicious sword
always hung over the prince’s head
but she took care of it all, all, all alone.

Quickly she gave her man a wink
to unlatch the door,
in a flash she passed out a basket
brimming with flowers through a window
–the prince beneath the softer layers;
she gave the senseless no chance to smell
and slipped her lone child into the princely bed
and looked up

the next moment
the brute came and split her child in two.


* Udai Singh

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